Sunday, July 31, 2005
Flirty Fishing and the Children of God
Flirty Fishing (FFing) was a form of religious prostitution practiced by the Children of God/The Family cult, from 1974 until 1987 (abandoned because of the AIDS scare). Its etymology can be traced to Matthew 4:19 where Jesus says "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men".
Flirty Fishing was a subset of The Family's love bombing activities and involved the use of sexual attraction and sex itself to win converts. Female members were told to be "whores for Jesus" in order to win converts and favors.
Be sure to catch the extremely weird comic given to children of the cult,
explaining Flirty Fishing to them.
WARNING: Mild adult content.
Another great link from Cruel Site of the Day.
Imagine you could play a computer game for five minutes each morning that would help you feel more secure and confident in yourself. Our research shows that people may be able to change the negative thought patterns that sometimes produce insecurity. We are now examining whether over time, with practice, people can develop positive, beneficial habits of thought to help them become more secure and self-confident on a long term basis -- whether in the context of their working life, their personal relationships, or their overall sense of well being.
Very interesting stuff.
Link found at Cruel Site of the Day
Santeria priest guides lost souls of Hollywood
On a hot and yellow Saturday afternoon in Hollywood, a dozen people gathered at a seance for Olga, a young Russian Jew seeking help from Manuel.
They sat in the cramped rear room of a "botanica" shop on Santa Monica Boulevard, before an altar topped with a portrait of Jesus Christ. Charles Guelperin, the Santeria priest, explained the day's aim:
"We're doing an investigation of the spirits that work with her, or for her," Guelperin said, his English inflected with his Argentine roots. "It's nothing scary. Every person has a spirit that come in their life as helpers."
Diana on phone as she died
A NEW witness to the Diana death crash has cast new light on the accident that led to the Princess' death.
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Scientists Claim Mysterious 10th Planet
Astronomers have discovered an object in our solar system that is larger than Pluto. They are calling it the 10th planet, but already that claim is contested. The new world's size is not at issue, but the very definition of planethood is.
Friday, July 29, 2005
Ritual Murders On the Rise in Liberia
"Most of the victims were children whose body parts were extracted. The alleged perpetrators of such heinous crime go with impunity. Besides these seven complaints, the Commission is still receiving complaints of ritualistic killings in Bong County."
More items fuel cops occult hunt in fatality
A crucifix, bottles of holy water, a 666 sticker, a medal of the grim reaper, and a coffin with a gargoyle were among the 45 items police seized from Brandon Obaza’s home last week, court papers say.
The items, which police say could be related to the occult or satanic worship, were detailed in an inventory sheet related to a search warrant in the investigation of Stephen Novak’s homicide.
Unidentified Sea Creature Found After Typhoon
Early on the morning of July 23, a fisherman from Ningbo City in east China's Zhejiang Province was shocked by the sight of a huge creature lying dead beside the seawall near his home.
Liu, who lives in Yangshashan of Chunxiao Town in Beilun District and who has been a fisherman for over ten years, said "I have never seen such a monster; it was larger than a whale."
With blurry pic!
Feds snort at Post's coke tale
Federal drug agents are discrediting a New York Post front-page story that Osama Bin Laden tried to buy tons of Colombian cocaine to spike with poison and resell to Americans.
Best part: "The New York Post has refused to inform DEA of the basis of its allegations or share the document upon which the reporting is based," DEA spokesman Garrison Courtney said in a statement.
I wonder why?
Thursday, July 28, 2005
NORTH Wales is spookily portrayed today as the weirdest place in Britain.
Real-life 'Amityville' owner horrified by his portrayal in new film
Former haunted-house owner George Lutz says he's now being haunted by the way he was portrayed in "The Amityville Horror."
Lutz is suing the studios, producers and screenwriters involved in the recent remake of the 1979 horror classic for defamation and breach of contract, claiming he has suffered "loss of reputation, shame, mortification and hurt feelings" from the film's depiction of him as "a homicidal maniac."
Mass. town hall said to be haunted
The town manager of a Boston suburb is not interested in inviting a ghost-buster to the town hall to check out stories of a 19th-century spirit.
NASA Concerned Over Approaching Asteroid
2029 - mark your calendar.
Christians demand removal of "satanic monument"
An Evangelical Free Christian organization named The Resistance is calling for the immediate removal of the Georgia Guidestones tourist attraction.
Nutjobs unite against vague stuff!
Man puts foot down, amputated limb returned
Keep a jar of kidney stones and you have a conversation piece. Put an amputated foot in a bucket on the front porch, and the police show up.
Only in Lawrence.
Bush flips the press the finger yesterday
Worst. President. Ever. Really.
CIA Sued Over Bin Laden Book
The CIA is squelching publication of a new book detailing events leading up to Osama bin Laden's escape from his Tora Bora mountain stronghold during the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, says a former CIA officer who led much of the fighting.
"Bigfoot" Hair Turns Out To Be Bison
Bigfoot may yet exist, but a tuft of hair that went under scientists' microscopes failed to prove it.
The hair was found near a reported Bigfoot sighting in the community of Teslin in Yukon, Canada.
Residents of the village say they saw a large human-like creature, a trail of large footprints - and the tuft of hair that was collected as evidence.
The hair was turned over to scientists at the University of Alberta who subjected it to DNA testing. The results: bison, not Bigfoot.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Several weeks ago, I discussed on this site something known as Project Silver Bug, a 1950s operation designed to build what was, quite literally, a man-made Flying Saucer.
To what extent the US military may have had actual success in this area is unknown; however, only a few years later, man-made Flying Saucers were once again the subject of official interest – and this time the plan was to make them nuclear-powered.
Yorkshire has its own Bermuda Triangle
The Bermuda Triangle has long been a source of international mystery, with planes and ships disappearing without trace into the ocean.
Now the north has its own version of the legendary site - The Yorkshire Triangle.
Researchers have identified a 221 square mile area between York, Harrogate and Leeds as the second most haunted place in Britain. It was also named as the country's top location for seeing UFOs.
Shady Maple: 'It's all a bunch of nothing.'
Like Bigfoot sightings, rumors of a county restaurant refusing to serve a military man in uniform are just urban legends, according to the restaurant owner.
"It’s all a bunch of nothing. Why don’t you tell someone to come on down here in uniform and see if we serve them," said Marvin Weaver, owner of Shady Maple Farm Market.
CSI Bigfoot a real-life whatwuzit
Coltman is the associate professor of biology at the University of Alberta who is testing a tuft of coarse, chocolate-coloured hair plucked from the forest floor near Teslin, Yukon, near where several people earlier this month heard, or saw, what they swear was a legendary sasquatch.
From Myth to Man: a review of Tom Harpur’s The Pagan Christ
Tom Harpur, the author of the Pagan Christ, has undergone a spiritual re-awakening and believes that the information revealed within his book represent "one of the most far-reaching tragedies in history." Harpur, (a columnist for the Toronto Star, a Rhodes scholar, and a former Anglican priest and professor of Greek and new Testament at the University of Toronto) suggests that during the third and fourth centuries C.E., the Christian Church, "either deliberately, in a competitive bid to win over the greatest numbers of the largely unlettered masses, or through willful ignorance" took a "literalist, popularized, historical approach to sublime truth."
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Spirit tales reveal ancient landslides/dangers for Seattle.
Researchers have been studying stories from the Salish people of the North American west coast about a'yahos, a spirit associated with shaking of the ground and rushing, muddy water. They say the tales are strongly linked to a quake that occurred in AD 900. By tracing the tales to specific locations, they have found evidence of ancient landslides.
Free copy of the Bigfoot Times
Download it here.
I told my niece Goblina that there was a Bigfoot magazine and she asked how anybody could read it if it's written in Bigfoot.
Man reports a UFOsighting on Seacoast
There was something odd reported in the sky last week, something that caused a Navy veteran with 10,000 hours of flight experience to have his own close encounter.
Coverage of bigfoot encourages others to come forward
Two photographs of prints in the snow were anonymously delivered to The Lakeside Leader with an explanatory note last week.
Seafloor survey buoys Atlantis claim
In a recent paper in Geology, Marc-Andre Gutscher of the European Institute for Marine Studies in Plouzane gives details of one candidate for the lost city: the submerged island of Spartel, west of the Straits of Gibraltar.
The top of this isle lies some 60 metres beneath the surface in the Gulf of Cadiz, having plunged beneath the waves at the end of the most recent ice age as melting glaciers caused the sea level to rise.
Ogie makes National Geographic
Ogopogo hits the big time.
Ogopogo reports haven't surfaced since mid-May, but the existence of something big in the lake might be confirmed in a National Geographic special Aug. 1. Forensic investigator Joe Nickol and his buddy, Ben Redford, came to the Okanagan Feb. 4-6 and used a surveying crew after examining the first and some of the best film footage of something in Okanagan Lake.
Report: Bin Laden Cocaine Plot Fell Through
Usama bin Laden tried to buy a massive amount of cocaine, spike it with poison and sell it in the United States, hoping to kill thousands of Americans one year after the Sept. 11 attacks, The Post has learned.
It's Fox News and the NY Post, so take it with a grain of salt.
Nashville police get reports on occasional occult activity
Nashville police say they occasionally are called to investigate reports that could be linked to the occult. The reports range from spray-painted pentagrams to mutilated dogs.
A review of police reports by The Tennessean newspaper found fewer than 50 such among more than a (m) million incident reports. The reports covered January 2002 through July 13th.
In one of them, a Jeremy Pigg thought a pentagram outlined with chalk in his cul-de-sac was probably the work of neighborhood kids, but wanted to report it in case anything else happened.
Some reports are darker.
Incident uncovered in probe
That headline is so bland I had to leave it.
Novak was found dead around 7:30 p.m. July 16 in a wooded area off West Main Street near where police previously investigated a pile of about 25 to 30 burned and mutilated animal remains found in a "circular-type altar." City police Sgt. Kevin Grevera in April 2004 said he could not speculate if the animal slayings were related to any type of satanic rituals.
Roman legion founded Chinese city
Roman soldiers who disappeared after a famous defeat founded a city in eastern China, archaeologists say .
The phantom legion was part of the defeated forces of Marcus Licinius Crassus, according to the current edition of the Italian magazine Archeologia Viva.
U of Alberta lab starts tests on hair purported to come from sasquatch
The envelope containing coarse dark-brown hair arrived Monday morning at David Coltman's University of Alberta lab complete with its own wildlife export permit - clearly labelled "Sasquatch sample."
I think if I opened a container labeled "Sasquatch Sample" I'd be relieved if it was only hair....
Ancient phallus unearthed in cave
Dildos of the gods.A sculpted and polished phallus found in a German cave is among the earliest representations of male sexuality ever uncovered, researchers say.It may also have been used to knap, or split, flints
With primitive dildo pic!
Monday, July 25, 2005
New Witness In Search For American Teen In Aruba
Investigators may have a new break in the search for a missing American teen in Aruba. A new witness has come forward with claims that he knows where Natalee Holloway's body is located.
Build your own Stonehenge!
Dancing dwarves not included.
In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of history, an ancient race of people... the Druids. No one knows who they were or what they were doing...
Found over at Make Zine
The Secret of the Holy Grail and the Discovery of the Elixir of Life
Snake venom and blood you say? Sounds delicious!
Found over at the Anomalist.
'Enemies of humanity' quote raises Iraq PR questions
Why would anyone believe anything the military says?
And who is dumb enough to think this is an actual quote from Joe Iraqi?
'The terrorists are attacking the infrastructure, the ISF and all of Iraq. They are enemies of humanity without religion or any sort of ethics. They have attacked my community today and I will now take the fight to the terrorists,' said one Iraqi man who preferred not to be identified.
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Is the Rogers Theatre haunted?
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, keep reading. The ghosts in Shelby want you to know what they have to share.
Is there anyone out there . . .Yes, 15,000 times, yes
THE Ministry of Defence has examined more than 15,000 alleged sightings of flying saucers and other unidentified flying objects over Britain since 1959 and is still keeping an open mind on the existence of aliens.
Horse-and-Plow Farming Making a Comeback
To some, the thought of a farmer patiently working the field behind a horse and plow might evoke pangs of nostalgia for the early days of agriculture. But in fact, the practice is making a comeback.
Flesh-Eating Caterpillars Discovered in Hawaii
Holy crap! Special thanks to Hex Correspondent Sara for the heads up.
Satanic items found in search of homes
Authorities recovered items used in satanic worship from the Nanticoke homes of Stephen Novak, who was found dead under a Jeep last Saturday, and a male friend police described as "a person of interest" in a search warrant application filed Friday with Magisterial District Judge Donald Whittaker of Nanticoke.
Summer time Bigfoot Madness!
Bigfoot on the prowl. Must be the heat.
From the The Anomalist
Friday, July 22, 2005
King George's Insanity May Have Stemmed From Arsenic
Scientists trying to explain King George III's madness say arsenic may be to blame.
A study in The Lancet medical journal suggests the toxic substance may have been responsible for the severity and length of the Revolutionary War-era monarch's bouts of insanity.
Last WWII Comanche 'code talker' dies in Oklahoma
The last surviving Comanche "code talker" from World War II, Charles Chibitty, has died at a nursing home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a tribal spokeswoman said on Thursday.
Where the Yeti roams free
"Sakteng is unique," reported the Environment News Service, "as the only reserve in the world created specifically to protect the habitat of the Yeti, known in Bhutan as the migoi, or strong man."
Australian state legalises witchcraft
Witchcraft, sorcery and fortune telling are no longer illegal in Australia's second-largest state, Victoria.
Sale of house hasn't a ghost of a chance
THE SALE of a house said to be haunted has been abandoned after protests by anxious neighbours, it has been revealed.
Housing Executive chiefs in Northern Ireland are facing demands to flatten the property which has been derelict since a terrified woman fled eight years ago.
Strange, unexplained noises have been heard in the house which, according to legend, was built on the site of an old horses' graveyard.
For a quarter century, diminutive, beetle-browed Tom Cruise has been one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. In his blockbuster movies he usually plays confident, even cocksure, all-American hero types, but in real life his shiny armor is starting to show chinks.
Loch Lloyd monster dead
Alligators in Missouri!
30 years later the Hoffa tips keep coming. Weird ones.
The tips come in about once every week, sometimes from people who know things but mostly from those who are lonely, a little confused or up to no good.
After all these years--30 as of next week--the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa thrives, fed by a remarkably steady stream of tips. A second generation of investigators works from a shrinking pool of evidence as most of those who know what happened to the legendary labor leader die and those who think they know call the cops.
Bigfoot under microscope
A scientist plans to do a DNA test on a hair that is said to come from a sasquatch.
Bigfoot no tall tale to witnesses
Roberts Helped Counsel Jeb Bush
During the tumultuous presidential recount in 2000, John Roberts flew to Florida and volunteered advice to Gov. Jeb Bush, whose brother was trying to clinch the election.
Some Democrats are now saying the trip should disqualify Roberts from the Supreme Court.
"The Senate should reject him on the basis of this alone," said Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla. "Now he is being rewarded for that partisan service."
Top-end X-files revealed
SECRET documents released by the Northern Territory Government reveal a mass of UFO sightings across the Top End, many of them unexplained.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
New Black Dahlia site
I haven't had time to go over it all yet but Elisabeth Reynolds, who I trust implicitly, has pronounced it "awesome". Check it out.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Build your own paper rocket!
Still looking for something to shoot into the sky on new year eve? Here it is: Build your own little paper rocket - it comes complete with a pneumatic launch pad.
Wired News: Mind May Affect Machines
Researchers at the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research program, or Pear, have been attempting to measure the effect of human consciousness on machines since 1979.
Using random event generators -- computers that spew random output -- they have participants focus their intent on controlling the machines' output. Out of several million trials, they've detected small but "statistically significant" signs that minds may be able to interact with machines. However, researchers are careful not to claim that minds cause an effect or that they know the nature of the communication.
Einstein on 'spooky action-at-a-distance'
The 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's annus mirabilis has not passed quietly. Newspapers, magazines and TV documentaries have all trumpeted the year in which Einstein published five papers rethinking the laws of time and space. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the former patent clerk's death.
Yet lying between these two dates is a less well-known anniversary. It is 74 years since Einstein attended the only seance of his life. What could have persuaded Einstein to attend such an unscientific event?
Study: Green tea compound targets cancer-linked protein
A major green tea compound called epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG may target a key cancer-linked protein HSP90, meaning that EGCG may prevent a host of cancers, according to a new study presented at an international conference on diet and cancer, researchers funded by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).
EGCG, a major component found in green tea, has been extensively studied for its chemo preventive properties against a series of cancers such as breast, prostate, bladder, colon, stomach, pancreas and esophagus.
Monday, July 18, 2005
Robert Moog Treated for Tumor
Get well soon, Bob.
Treasure hunters go Dutch for millions
Dutch Schultz's long-lost millions might be buried in this patch of pines, if Hayden Henningsen is reading the sketchy treasure map correctly. Searchers perk up when a metal detector skimming the forest floor starts sounding:
"Mwwooooop. Boooooop. Boooooop."
Could it be?
Skeletons clues to Polynesian mystery
New Zealand researchers excavating a 3000-year-old cemetery in Vanuatu say it may offer clues to why mysterious voyagers who sailed through Melanesia - creating the Polynesian race - travelled so fast.
One possibility was that they were trying to outrun the worst form of malaria - not realising they were carrying the parasite in their bloodstreams, says New Zealand paleo-pathologist Hallie Buckley.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Alternate bomb theories: Hot and hotter
Cannonfire has the latest.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Government investigating bush creature sightings
Another reported incident of a sasquatch seen in Teslin last weekend is being looked into by staff from the Department of Environment.
Voice of the White House July 10, 2005
"The "terrorist" attacks in London recently reek like a dead mackerel in the moonlight. It is a topic We Do Not Discuss in the Monkey Palace for very obvious reasons. Bush and Blair are suffering from meltdown. If Blair is booted out as PM, Bush would lose his most powerful ally so suddenly, another "terrorist" attack, coincidentally, just as the two liars are holding an "important" conference in Scotland (far away from any possible injury) and both rushed to the microphones to reaffirm their determination to pursue the "war on terrorism." As it is doubtful in the extreme that the honest and competent British authorities (at least not the Blair gang) would ever do such a vicious act for political gain, the suspicions here inside the Beltway is that the Porter Goss band of trained attack dwarves have struck again. Here is some additional input for your readers to chew on:
Where Will You be on July 22, 2005?
The independent media is abuzz with the significance of the 777 'signature' on the date of the recent London explosions (7+7+2+0+0+5=777). Have you also picked up on the significance that this event happened 16 Years, 6 Months, and 16 Days since the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which took place on 21 December 1988 over Lockerbie, Scotland?
666 and 777 are very strong occult signatures, and there are many more 'coincidences' surrounding the London attacks – far too many to comment on here, particularly since this article looks ahead at other possible 'terrorist' attacks.
Scientology's real war of the worlds
You could think of it as little green men vs. mankind's little yellow pill.
Mummies key to mystery
The seven mummies on display at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History are nowhere near as famous as King Tut, but they're just as intriguing.
Take the 2,000-year-old body of a teenager, found in the Netherlands. Who was she? Who killed her and why?
The remains of a cord used to strangle Yde Girl are still visible around her neck a century after she was found in a peat bog. Was the killing punishment, or ritual?
Majestic temple rises in Texas oil country
The workings of the nation's largest polygamist sect have long been shrouded in secrecy, but there's nothing inconspicuous about the majestic white temple the group is building here in the heart of Texas oil and gas country.
Durst released from prison
No, not Fred.
Real estate heir and Scarsdale native Robert Durst was released from federal prison yesterday after serving time related to his efforts to escape prosecution in the 2001 dismemberment slaying of his Texas neighbor.
Honohana foot-cult guru gets 12 years for fraud
The founder of the now-defunct Honohana Sampogyo foot-reading cult was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for bilking his flock out of 150 million yen in the name of religious training.
The Yard Sale That's 792,000 Yards Long
Oh my god.....hey, Rikki, what are you doing in August?
London: Was it suicide?
Why did they buy return train tickets to Luton? Why did they buy pay and display tickets for cars? Why were there no usual shouts of 'Allah Akhbar'? Why were bombs in bags and not on their bodies?
The article stays close to the "Al-Qaeda did it" party line but brings up some interesting questions.
Newspaper Claims Former DOJ Officials Confirm Bombing Coverup
The McCurtain Daily Gazette today reports several former powerful and high ranking Justice department officials confirm there was a coverup of the investigation to the Oklahoma City bombing.
Proof of Bigfoot existence may come soon says organization
"The elusive creature known as Bigfoot may not be elusive for very much longer," according to C. Thomas Biscardi, a Bigfoot explorer and founder of the Great American Bigfoot Research Organization.
Oklahoma treasure hunters
There are plenty of legends of lost treasure in Oklahoma. Prospectors who buried gold along Black Dog Creek in Northern Oklahoma are one of those legends. There is also word of thousands of dollars hidden by outlaws in the Wichita Mountains.
RFID Foes Find Righteous Ally
Privacy advocate Katherine Albrecht, an opponent of the use of radio tags on consumer goods and in ID documents, is a woman any X-Files fan could love.
The Pharaoh’s Curse
Myths about the "Curse of Pharaoh" took shape around the 7th Century when the Arabs landed in Egypt. They were incapable of deciphering the ancient Hieroglyphics so many things appeared bizarre and obscure. They associated almost everything with Black Magic and the supernatural.
Secrets behind the gate
As work continues on a secluded compound in southwestern Colorado, authorities and neighbors worry what the nations largest polygamist group is really doing inside its guarded fences.
Teens in Satanist case enter plea
Two New York teens avoided jail time for attacking a self-proclaimed "card-carrying" member of the Church of Satan by pleading guilty Tuesday to second-degree assault as a hate crime.
Pope of pulp
Raymond Chandler, failed poet, found his talent only late in life, rattling out classic tales of molls, murder and Philip Marlowe - before the alcohol got him. Ian Rankin unravels the story of his life.
“Show me a man or woman who cannot stand mysteries and I will show you a fool, a clever fool - perhaps - but a fool just the same.”
800-year-old ring is full of mystery
AN 800-YEAR-OLD mystical ring unearthed in Warwickshire goes on public display for the first time tomorrow.
The precious gold and garnet band features a mysterious cryptic message, written in olde worlde French which has archaeology experts baffled.
It appears to say the words "Je suis une fleur" (I am a flower) and "amour" (love) but some of letters of the inscription are reversed and turned upside down.
Boffins from the British Museum believe it could be a coded token of affection between two lovers, or even a medieval spell.
The men behind Zheng He's successful expedition
When Zheng He sailed through Asia 600 years ago, 27,000 people were aboard his fleet of 253 ships.
The crew included soldiers, sailors, doctors, weapon makers, agricultural experts, nutritionists, cooks, political observers, carpenters, poets and traders.
The nerd who saw too much
A computer geek faces 70 years in jail for hacking into the top levels of US defence. He tells Jon Ronson how, hooked and stoned, he landed himself in such hot water.
What was the most exciting thing you saw?"
"I found a list of officers' names," he says, "under the heading 'Non-Terrestrial Officers' …. It doesn't mean little green men. What I think it means is not Earth-based. I found a list of 'fleet-to-fleet transfers', and a list of ship names. I looked them up. They weren't US Navy ships. What I saw made me believe they have some kind of spaceship, off-planet."
"The Americans have a secret spaceship?" I ask.
"That's what this trickle of evidence has led me to believe."
"What were the ship names?"
"I can't remember," he says. "I was smoking a lot of dope at the time. Not good for the intellect."
Thursday, July 14, 2005
CULT FEARS IN ATTACKS
A Satanic cult may be responsible for a spate of sickening attacks on horses across South Yorkshire.
See also Occult Horse Attacks
MAHOGANY SHIP MYSTERY
Everyone loves a mystery, and no mystery draws as much attention as the lure of lost treasure. In this case, it's an historic treasure. Its discovery would rewrite Australia's history, and declare PORTUGAL as the first country to attempt to settle here. So why does the legend of the MAHOGANY SHIP continue to haunt the residents of Victoria's South-West? For years now -- even before the Victorian government offered a quarter of a-million-dollar reward in the 1990s for proof that the ship existed -- determined enthusiasts have continued to comb the coast for confirmation.
Another UFO flies over town
A SECOND unidentifiable flying object has been spotted in the sky above Bracknell.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
The end of a golden age
WHEN I WAS growing up in the San Gabriel Valley in the late 1960s, people still believed in treasure. My parents took my three siblings and me gold panning on the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, and families all over Southern California stashed sluice boxes in their station wagons for impromptu prospecting jaunts to the Mojave.
Rock-hounding and gold-seeking were nearly as popular as stamp collecting in those days. We tore maps to buried treasure out of magazines and studied stories about dehydrated prospectors who stumbled into town muttering "Black Butte" or some such clue with their last breath, all the while clutching a scrap of bandanna concealing a lump of gold.
Great article on the treasure hunting impulse.
Building in Iceland? Better Clear It With the Elves First
Do elves exist? Like many Icelanders, Hildur Hakonardottir considers the question to be more complicated than it appears.
How the Government Staged the London Bombings in Ten Easy Steps
Ten Step Method To Staging a Terrorist Attack.
1) Hire a Crisis Management firm to set up an exercise that parallels the terrorist attack you are going to carry out. Have them run the exercise at the precise locations and at the very same time as the attack. If at any stage of the attack your Arabs get caught, tell the police it was part of an exercise.
New Developments In London Underground Exercise Story
Will the real Peter Power please stand up?
London Underground Bombing 'Exercises' Took Place at Same Time as Real Attack
A consultancy agency with government and police connections was running an exercise for an unnamed company that revolved around the London Underground being bombed at the exact same times and locations as happened in real life on the morning of July 7th.
For UFO expert, sci-fi is real life
Two or three times a month, someone in Colorado looks into the sky and sees something he cannot identify.
Often, that's when John Schuessler's group gets a call.
You can tell The Denver Post takes this seriously by the picture of Yoda illustrating the article.
Sasquatch sighting reported in Yukon
It may have been a sasquatch, or perhaps some kind of bushman, but some people in the Yukon say they saw something larger than life pass by their house.
The report comes out of the community of Teslin, about 180 kilometres east of Whitehorse. Nine people there say a large, human-like figure covered in hair passed by the window of a house over the weekend.
Historic Dunedin castle rich in myth
If the City of Dunedin is "the Edinburgh of the South" then it must have a castle, which it does.
And what castle would be complete without ghost stories?
Haunted Family's Tale of Woes
A haunting in Nairobi.
SCHIZOPHRENIA PECULIAR TO WEST, SAYS SCIENTIST
According to study of the Australian scientists, people in the West suffer more from mental illness than those in poorer countries, with chances of recovery being higher in places like India than in says New York or London.
What is Tantra and Tantric sex?
Tantra is one of the modern sexual buzzwords that many people are talking about. It’s the topic of many books, some are very simple and others show complex positions and breathing techniques, in fact almost every book written about sex today has a chapter on Tantra or refers to Tantra in some way. However, there is not much clarity on what Tantra or Tantric sex is all about.
Bigfoot believers compare notes at Longbow campout
The Great Pyramid may still contain Khufu's intact pharaonic tomb
For years scholars have believed that the pyramid of King Khufu, largest of the three "great" pyramids at Giza, had been plundered in antiquity and everything of value, including the body of Khufu himself, had been removed.
Now, Zahi Hawass, the secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities and director of the Giza Plateau, suspects that might not be the case.
Faust's Magical Book of Forbidden Knowledge Not Fiction
Smith College Professor Joseph McVeigh, Ph.D. has successfully completed the first-ever English translation of one of the most important occult texts of all time, "Opus Mago-Cabbalisticum et Theosophicum." Written in the 1700s by alchemist Georg von Welling of Germany, the original text has been jealously revered for nearly 300 years by German esotericists.
Professor McVeigh has successfully transformed von Welling's strange and provocative text and dozens of famous alchemical, magical and occult illustrations into English for contemporary readers. "Opus Mago-Cabbalisticum" had an immediate and direct influence upon the secret work of the 18th century German society, the Golden Rosicrucians, whose work in turned inspired esoteric Freemasons in Great Britain including the founders of the most famous magical society of all time, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
Myth or real, West Texas desert lights draw a crowd
Legend? Myth? Natural phenomenon? UFOs?
Nevada has Area 51. New Mexico has Roswell. Texas has the Marfa Lights.
Whatever's out there sparkling or dancing across Mitchell Flat and toward the Chinati Mountains has both befuddled people and attracted them to this remote area east of Marfa for well over a century.
Questions still remain about Lincoln negative
Some questions were answered and others were not.
Seaford resident John Wroten's trip to the Smithsonian Institution last Thursday revealed the 5-inch by 7-inch glass negative he recently brought from relatives in Oklahoma is not the original negative used in producing the model photograph for the Abraham Lincoln five-dollar bill, but is a copy negative.
"We do more but we're still a little bit in the dark, as far as value," said Mr. Wroten. "There still is a little mystery."
Sunday, July 10, 2005
'Monster' of Tianchi Lake sighted
A local tourist claims to have seen and videotaped the Tianchi Lake monster in the Changbai Mountain, in Jilin Province, Xinhua reported yesterday.
Porno queen's mysterious death -- murder or suicide?
Mystery surrounds the recent untimely death of Yumika Hayashi, star of over 400 blue movies and a woman referred to as Japan's Original Adult Video Queen.
Mystery of the magician who spent his life dodging bullets
Will the strange affair of the mysterious death of Chung Ling Soo - the inscrutable magician once as feted as his contemporary, the great escape artist Harry Houdini - finally be solved in Edinburgh this August?
Sturgeon sightings beg for explanation
My July 1 column about the reported sighting of a sturgeon in Skaneateles Lake had a domino effect, as I knew it would.
After fishing guide Dick Withey went public about his encounter with a giant fish with a "funky-looking" head, several readers stepped forward to declare that they, too, had seen a sturgeon in the lake, from three years to three weeks ago. The spotters' estimates of the critter's size varied from 3 to more than 6 feet, a plausible range for a species with a reported maximum length of 7 feet, 11 inches.
If accurate, the sightings are remarkable because the scientific literature contains no mention of lake sturgeon in the coldest and purest of the Finger Lakes.
False Flag over London
It was 2001 all over again: a year into his term, Bush and his poll ratings had sunk to historical lows, even further this time under the weight of scandals and rumblings of impeachment. Blair too was hurt badly by the Downing Street memo. Then out of the blue, salvation struck the pair. Yesterday, 7/7, saw the classic false-flag attack hit London, a simple set-up by western secret services to distract from the deepening woes of Bush and Blair, and perhaps to create the pretext for the next round of wars on Iran.
A Mystery as Deep as the Ocean
An undamaged fishing trawler is found on the sea floor, its nets full. The captain and crew are lost. And no one can figure out why.
This Santa Fe team protects and collects treasures from the waters of our national parks.
Friday, July 08, 2005
Doctor's diary: the benefits of hanging around bars
James Le Fanu rounds up unusual remedies and perplexing mysteries.
New map details deep mysteries in Lake Champlain
Scientists at Middlebury College unveiled a three-dimensional map of Lake Champlain's bottom Thursday, culminating nearly a decade of work that not only discovered more than 70 previously unknown shipwrecks but is expected to greatly advance pollution-control measures.
Not to mention Champ hunting.
Behind the myth of Ned Kelly's last days
PRIESTS murmured prayers. A doctor checked the position of the noose. A white hood was lowered over the prisoner's face.
As the lever was pulled, Ned Kelly remarked: "Such is life". Such was the launching of the myths of Ned Kelly, Australian folk hero; or terrorist; or victim?
A new book by Adelaide law professor, the late Alex Castles, questions some of the myths. Eight years of his research casts doubt on those famous last words, recorded by a Melbourne Herald reporter.
A rival reporter at the 1880 execution in Melbourne Gaol quoted Kelly as saying: "Ah, I suppose it has come to this." A closer eyewitness says anything Kelly said was too muffled to be heard.
All at least agreed Kelly was dead. The government of colonial Victoria got rid of the notorious bushranger.
It has taken more than a century to reveal the government did it by a conspiracy which made Kelly a victim of the war on terrorism.
LORDS OF ACID
How the Brotherhood of Eternal Love Became OC’s Hippie Mafia
Mystery of Karl Rove/Matt Cooper Connection Deepens
The mystery deepened today over top White House aide Karl Rove's involvement in the Plame case and how strongly special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is interested in that. The Washington Post's Dan Balz reports today that Fitzgerald "still appears to want more answers about Rove's role" and apparently is "focused on" his conversations with Time magazine's Matt Cooper, who has now agreed to testify in the matter.
Scientists dispel the mystery surrounding Stradivarius violins
Antonius Stradivarius violins are shrouded in more myths than any other instruments in world history. At Mid Sweden University, researchers are using modern technology to uncover his secrets.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Digging up the past
Very cool article on bottle hunting.
Animal spotted in Pittsford area
Mountain lion in New York?
Writing About the Dead and Loving It
Fascinating article on obituary writers.
Like members of an outlaw cult, obituary writers have been gathering annually in quiet, out-of-the-way places for the last seven years to discuss their craft and commune with fellow newsroom misfits.
Mountain lion attack? Maybe, maybe not, it's still a mystery
Mountain lion in Missouri?
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Arlington Cemetery Undergoes Expansion